Happy Children Happy World is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization to help children here in America and across the world.
Pearland, Texas – Happy Children Happy World (.org) a 501 (c) (3) non profit that aims to empower children to a brighter future, held its launch event on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Pearland. Started in August of 2014, Founder & CEO Jacob David said, “All great things have humble beginnings.” Van Truong Ly, a Director of the Board also spoke of his birth in Saigon, Vietnam where he survived dire poverty living in a family of thirteen members. Van T. Ly thanked the guests for coming and urged them to support the cause and mission of the non-profit.
Reading the mission of the organization, Jacob David said that the non-profit’s mission is “to get children off the streets and give them a life, meeting all their basic necessities, till they become 18 years of age. We will also provide vocational training to help them find a way of life, become independent earners, have and maintain dignity for life.”
In his speech, Jacob David said he came across this hard truth as he researched on the problem of the deplorable condition of the world in which today’s children live, which many of us will find hard to accept, “Once we become adults, over 70% of the grown adult population stop sharing their resources, about 15% of the adults are eager to start wars for personal gain, and about 10 % hoard resources to the point of non-use and decay.”
He elaborated, “From land to food, to medicines, to basic healthcare, there’s plenty to go around. Yet over 31,000 children die daily due to malnutrition, and from preventable and curable diseases.”
Stumbling upon a video by accident in the year 2010, Jacob David saw children in the Philippines rummaging through landfills for recyclables among hazardous trash. This broke his heart and made him want to start a non profit to benefit children here in America and the rest of the world.
Growing up, two images stuck with Jacob David and haunted him since his childhood. At the age of eight, he saw a group of children; a few old men and some women eating from a trash can alongside a few stray dogs, outside a wedding hall in India, where a grand feast had just finished. Another image was a small three year old boy in the middle of his play, who drank muddy water out of a roadside puddle scooping it up with his palms. These images still remain fresh in my mind, he said, it reminds me of how I was introduced to what real poverty was.
Happy Children Happy World would like to make the playing field equal for children all over the world. We envision a world free of wars, crime, drugs, pollution, prostitution, disease, hunger and acute starvation. We would love for children to have basic education, shelter, immediate access to basic health care and medicine, clean water to drink and nutritious food to eat. We would love to train children job skills (after the age of 10) to live and survive, the skills to do a trade, become independent earners and productive citizens in the country in which they live. Vocational training in multiple fields will help in eradicating poverty.” He concluded.
Jacob David thanked his sponsors for the success of the launch event: Hilton Hotel Garden Inn, Pearland, Texas, Scott Graham who played piano at the event, Harshh Mahadeshawar, official photographer for the event, and TGM Official Printer who helped with the publicity materials.
He asked the attendees gathered to join and support Happy Children Happy World. For more details visit them at: www.happychildrenhappyworld.org
Credit for all photos: Harshh Mahadeshawar